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New York Rangers even playoff series in rout of Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1

New York Rangers even playoff series in rout of Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1
New York Rangers forwards Martin St. Louis (26) and Derick Brassard celebrate after a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
Henrik Lundqvist

stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the

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Tampa Bay Lightning

, 5-1, on Friday night in Game 4 of the

Eastern Conference

finals.

Rick Nash

had two goals and an assist, and former Lightning captain

Martin St. Louis

ended a playoff scoring drought with a third-period goal for New York. The Rangers evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night.

Lundqvist allowed 12 goals in losing Games 2 and 3, but redeemed himself by handling nearly everything the speedy and skilled Lightning threw at him.

Tampa Bay's

Steven Stamkos

scored for the third straight game, briefly making it 1-1 before New York's

Chris Kreider

and

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Keith Yandle
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struck within a 2-minute span for a 3-1 Rangers lead.

With the Lightning's Nikita Nesterov in the penalty box for high-sticking St. Louis, the star of Tampa Bay's 2004

Stanley Cup

championship team delivered his first goal this postseason to make it 4-1 with just under 15 minutes remaining. Nash added another power-play goal at 11:33 of the third period.

The Lightning outshot the Rangers 39-24 but couldn't rattle Lundqvist, who rejected Stamkos from point-blank range and moments later stopped Alex Killorn on a breakaway during one sequence with Tampa Bay trying to get back in the game in the second period.

Lundqvist stopped 18 of 19 shots in the period, and had 13 more saves in the third.

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